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We wanted to put together a quick update showing off one of the new weapon classes that is in NS2 - the Flamethrower.

Posted by _Xero_ on Oct 1st, 2010

We wanted to put together a quick update showing off one of the new weapon classes that is in NS2 - the Flamethrower. While still a work in progress, it will be in the next patch for those with Alpha access to play around with.

The basics of the weapon are pretty straightforward. The primary fire will spray a cone of flaming death that will barbeque aliens and alien structures. The initial flame burst will do the most damage, but players and structures will remain on fire for some time after, continuing to lose health but at a slower rate. We played around with having targets on fire set others nearby on fire, but it quickly became apparent that it would be abused by griefers.

Currently there is no secondary fire implemented for the Flamethrower, though we have several ideas kicking around that we’d like to experiment with. One very useful gameplay aspect of the flamethrower, however, is that it can be used to clear rooms of Dynamic Infestation. It’s likely that the flamethrower will be the only item in the Marines’ arsenal capable of this, making it extremely necessary for pushing back the alien advance.

When faced with a raging inferno of fiery destruction the aliens will be cheered to see their fat firemen friends racing to the rescue - Gorges will be able to put out fires using their heal spray. Finally, here is some brief in-game footage put together quickly to give you a taste for the pyromaniacal fun of setting a Hive room on fire.

We hope you enjoyed this look at the flamethrower! Discuss it in our forums.

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Kriegsherr Oct 1 2010 says:

When in doubt, kill it with fire. :D

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Shadowmetroid Oct 1 2010 replied:

Well said, comrade

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Mars_3K Oct 2 2010 replied:

Trogdor!!! XD

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bikkebakke Oct 4 2010 replied:

and if that would fail... kill it with more fire?

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ytres Oct 1 2010 says:


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Savci Oct 2 2010 replied:

Awe"some"ful? You are playing a dangerous game, sir :P

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Kasplatt Oct 3 2010 replied:

Except aweful isn't a word :p

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Awesome_ninja Oct 1 2010 says:

When bullets are not enough, there is always a backup plan =)

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idontfriday Oct 2 2010 says:

Hahahahah that was hilarious when you lit that weird tentacle thing on fire!

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ProudOne Oct 2 2010 replied:

I thought:
"Wargblarbarglwargl" in an instant.

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slayersarge Oct 2 2010 buried:


This laggy *** game is still laggy is all I see.

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ausbushman Oct 2 2010 replied:

It doesn't quite make sense to fully optimise when the game's still being developed now does it?

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NullSoldier Oct 2 2010 replied:

He made a valid point, I'm sad to see so many people down vote him.

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Kasplatt Oct 3 2010 replied:

It's still alpha... liek, do you even know what that means?

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Shoelip Oct 4 2010 replied:

Valid? Not really. He's complaining that an alpha version of a game doesn't run smoothly. He might as well complain that his skate board only works after he puts the wheels on.

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Firesprayer Oct 2 2010 says:

Whoever thought of Disco Inferno probably had a vision and saw this when it came to mind.

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Da-Fort Oct 2 2010 says:

Very cool, but is it me or should the tentacles be a bit slower?


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Savci Oct 2 2010 says:

The first moments of the draw animation makes me wonder, is the fuel display always displayed on the weapon, even when it is not used?
Also, the "pilot light" is not really visible - that might be only because of the perspective, though.

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SinKing Oct 2 2010 says:

wow - perfect animation. makes the alien structures look really frighteningly believable. I like the Flamethrower, makes me think of District 9 (population control) and Aliens.
Maybe the secondary fire option could be to throw the Flamethrower down, turning on a timer for self-destruction. The player could then have time to get out of a hairy situation and burn a wall of fire between himself and his persecutors. Though I see that something like this would be hard to balance, since it would be unfair to do it inside a hive, for example. I wonder what the aliens will get to match up to the flamethrower. Classic would be acid again.

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Jashin Oct 2 2010 says:

That's great.

When's the game gonna be playable? Alpha has never once worked for me :(

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VGames Oct 2 2010 says:

Nice design.

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AJ_Quick Oct 2 2010 says:

very cool!

Love how it extends when you draw it. Reminds me of the sniper rifle in mass effect (and any number of phallic comparisons! but hey, that's why we love guns in the first place, amirite?)

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Renorick Oct 2 2010 says:

Looks kinda reminiscent of the marine flame unit from "Aliens" if you ask me... But I'm guessing that's the idea... I like mine well done, boys!

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medve Oct 3 2010 says:

i have to be the only one again to critisie, but this fire looks really ugly...and the whole body has to on fire not just the down part.

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ExecutorTassadar Oct 3 2010 replied:

Same impression I got.
A flamethrower that was really well made was the one in Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but that's just my opinion, I guess.

It was just the way it looked "fluid".

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DeltaForce95 Oct 4 2010 says:

So why does almost everygame except for real life recreates, make a pilot light for flamethrowers? IDK maybe I'm just thinking that way but tahts what it seems like to me :\
I mean anything with dynamic lights and dark atmosphere mp, you can't sneak up on people cause you'll light the area up with your pilot
that is all

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Sierra-93 Oct 4 2010 says:

Its not really safe to 'go around' fighting a bunch of aliens either :P
I think the design looks really good, its not like they are making a real life working flamethrower. Besides its hardly a joke technically it would still work as a flamethrower in real life.

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Shoelip Oct 4 2010 says:

At least it doesn't throw bullet casings into your face. :p

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Sn1pe Oct 4 2010 says:

Eh, It looks a little silly that they move around so much when on fire.

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Dra6o0n Oct 12 2010 says:

The secondary for the flamethrower could be ejecting fuel on surfaces so you can set those on fire!

Well that idea came from another game... (I Forgot!)

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AmazingRedd Oct 12 2010 says:


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Hoolifan Oct 17 2010 says:

the one that i saw in return to castle wolfenstein was great..
i hope this one will be better

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